by William Shakespeare
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Psittacus Productions and Lincoln’s Center’s Education Department brings you this well known story told through a contemporary lens.
Runs: March 25-April 9, 2017
Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 3:00 PM
Tickets start at $20 | Students $12
With Ruby Wolf, Alec Funiciello, Paul Corning, Nathan Winkelstein, and Matthew Marsh
Opening Night & Reception March 25
Playmaker Talkbacks March 30 & April 6
Featuring a versatile cast of five performers, this Romeo and Juliet focuses on the impulsiveness of the teenager, adult efforts to guide and support him or her, and the miscommunication that can happen across the generation gap. With original music and stylized movement, this adaptation offers a fresh look at a familiar story.
Production photos by Michael & Suz Karchmer
Romeo & Juliet” is arguably one of the most famous stories in Western history, Shakespearean or otherwise. It’s come to us in countless forms, from ballet and opera, to Baz Luhrman’s movie and Leonard Bernstein’s seminal “West Side Story.”
Having accepted a commission from the amazing folks at Lincoln Center Education to make this particular telling of the story, I found myself, as always, wondering “why this play again, and why now?”
I think I can start more easily with “why now?” Take a look around you in your daily life. If you’re like me, everywhere you look, no matter the circumstances, you will find someone plugged into some kind of device and, as such, cut off from what is directly in front of them. It got me thinking about the multitude of things of which the human body is capable, apart from fast thumbs. We sing. We dance. We speak. We laugh. We cry. In crafting the show, I wanted to take away everything apart from the five human bodies you will spend time with tonight so that you might consider them, and your own.
“Why this play?” Well, I’ll build on the same theme. Consider how the body changes over time – what the feeling of inhabiting your own particular flesh is like. Are you thirteen, like Juliet? Then remember what it was to be seven. Are you old like me? Then you’re lucky if you can remember twenty, let alone thirteen.
As culture changes, so too do our relationships; to our bodies, to each other, to ourselves…or do they? Did that first blush of love, or that flash of adolescent rage feel different to Shakespeare’s audience 400 years ago? I suspect not, but it’s impossible to say.
We may not answer the question, but we can certainly explore together. Long may we continue to dance, sing songs, tell stories, and fall in love. For tonight, though, turn off your devices, and be here now with us.Louis Butelli, DirectorMarch, 2017
Collectively, Psittacus’s artists have several decades’ worth of experience in the professional theater nationwide and internationally, and have collaborated to bring innovative theater to thousands. Drawing from their shared experience, the company works in a physical-based, cinematic style which looks to our past to help us understand our present. The central philosophy of Psittacus’s work is to seek out points along the human continuum wherein “who we were then” intersects with “who we are now.”